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About our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cadetships

Developing the next generation of world-class scientists, engineers and staff to support them is critical to building Australia's future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and innovation-capable workforce, and CSIRO is contributing to this by increasing our engagement in educating, training, and mentoring students.

Here's what you need to know

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadetship program is part of CSIRO's Indigenous Engagement Strategy, which seeks to increase the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within our organisation. Through this strategy, we're enhancing the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

Cadets could find themselves completing part of the Cadetship on our research vessel, The Investigator.

As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadet, you will get the chance to work with leading scientists and mentors to solve some of Australia's biggest challenges in a range of settings. Our program provides financial assistance to support your full time study and provides 12 weeks of paid work placement at flexible times throughout the year. During periods of full time study you will be provided with a mentor and the opportunity to participate in CSIRO's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Forum which brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadets and employees across the organisation via a monthly webinar.

What our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadetships offer you

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadetship program gives you the opportunity to get some serious career runs on the board before you've even completed your degree!

Our program offers the combination of full time study during the semester and flexible work placements within CSIRO for the duration of your full time study program. These placements are usually completed during the summer at the end of each academic year.

Cadets receive:

  • a study allowance of $300 per week during periods of full-time study
  • financial assistance of $500 per semester to assist with study costs
  • 12 week paid work placement during each year of the cadetship
  • payment of HECS fees by CSIRO on successful completion of study.

Requirements and eligibility

Applicants must be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and enrolled in full-time study in their first undergraduate degree course at an Australian university.

How to apply

Aboriginal and Torres Strait cadetships are advertised at various times throughout the year via our current vacancies portal.

If you're currently studying or about to commence a university degree, we're especially keen to hear from you. Please register your interest in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadetships and we will advise you when opportunities become available.

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